SHOW REPORT


| January/February 1969



Taylor Marshall Farm

A 20 acre field almost completely shocked ready for the 12th Annual Steam show and Threshing Bee held on the Taylor Marshall Farm. Many hands make light work

Secy-Treas. P. O. Box 397, Dekalb, Illinois 60115.

A REPORT OF THE 12th ANNUAL STEAM SHOW AND THRESHING BEE SPONSORED BY NORTHERN ILLINOIS STEAM POWER CLUB ( A nonprofit organization)

Approximately 10,000 spectators from all parts of Illinois were on hand to delight in the Northern Illinois Steam Power Club's 12th annual Steam show and Threshing Bee that was held on the 110 acre Taylor Marshall farm in rural Sycamore on August 8 through 12. The guest book also revealed visitors from as far west as California, as far east as Maine and 14 states in between.

With the exception of the first day when rain limited activities, the weather man was very co-operative offering lots of warm sunshine. The 17 acre grove of hickory trees proved a delightful spot to view many of the activities including the sawing of logs to lumber with the newly acquired Aultman Taylor sawmill which was bought by the club for this year's show. Powered by steam it converted large trees to useful lumber in short order. A shingle mill was also in operation as was the Flink fan. Dozens of gas engines were also displayed and attracted much attention.

Over 40 acres of oats were threshed during the four day show with a variety of separators being put to use. Six teams of fine horses pulled the wagons which carried the bundles up from the fields to the separator. This is the main attraction of the Northern Illinois Steam Power Club's annual threshing bee and visitors from Chicago and suburbs delight in seeing the grain fed into the separators and the golden straw being blown into a large stack. For many of these city youngsters this was a 'first' and they found it lots of fun to tumble in the straw pile. Directors and members of the club baled the straw each evening following the day's activities.

An added attraction this year was the plowing of a neighbor's field with an 8 bottom plow powered by a 30 h.p. Russell steam engine alternating with a 30-60 Aultman Taylor gas tractor. A 27-44 Twin City and a 20-40 Rumely Oil Pull took turns pulling the 5 bottom plow. A 10-20 Titan tractor provided power for the 3 bottom plow and there was also plowing with horses.